Holy Crap! Another Graph!


Starting 1 July 2015, Amazon is changing how they pay for books enrolled in KDP Select.  They are paying by the pages read.  I’m fine with the concept, I already have book in Oyster and the other service, whose name escapes me at the moment.  Meaning I’m used to this sliding scale of royalties.  I only have 3 books enrolled in KDP Select and they are more experiment than anything else.

However, this means rolling out another graph on the sales page. One tracks sales & free downloads, one tracks pages read.  I’m not sure I need this information.  Do I need to know that the 28 people that downloaded my books from Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Prime users read only 40% of my books?  Nope, pretty sure I don’t.

Also, this means if they are not reading the “about me” page, I’m getting credit for 98% of the book read, not 100%.  Of course, this is true of Oyster & the whatever, so I’m fairly certain it doesn’t matter.  However, I anticipate people having tantrums that very few of their books are reaching the 100% mark.  I know, as a reader, I never touch the “about the author page,” and most of the other stuff that gets shoved back there.

We shall see how authors respond once they realize this little piece of information.  Should be interesting.

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  1. Maria D.

     /  July 1, 2015

    I am really beginning to think that KDP Select – or Kindle Unlimited as peeps like to call it is a huge, huge disaster for authors – as a huge reader, and a pretty darned good customer of Amazon – I think the whole program is a disaster and this will be even worse for authors – and like you said most of the time I don’t read the pages from the publisher, the about the author pages (I would rather look at their website to get to know them) and the ‘let us try to sell you other books you might like” pages….lol

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    • I think if all your books are $0.99, it’s a good option… Otherwise, you should spread your books around as an author.

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  2. marcia

     /  July 2, 2015

    I do not think this is fair, maybe they will read more later. Not everyone reads all of a book at once so have several books going at one time

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    • Authors will get paid for pages read regardless of when they were read. If I read 140 pages on July 31 and another 140 pages on Aug 14, the author will get paid in July for pages read and in August. What I see as the problem is those 280 pages are only 97% of the total, because I skipped the author bio and promo for a different book.

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  3. daria

     /  July 2, 2015

    Glad I saw this, I’ll be careful to read these pages, etc.

    btw I won the amazon gift card, did you send me an email and I forgot about it, or has it not been sent yet?

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